Interesting legends go about cilantro. People believe that grass can cleanse the air, bewitch a man, and draw wealth. The healing power of the plant allows you to forget about some diseases.
What does cilantro look like and where does it grow
The birthplace of grass is the Mediterranean continent. Latin America, Colombia, Venezuela - countries that do not represent most dishes without spice. Description of cilantro:
- straight stalk;
- a large number of thin branches extending from the stem and lateral branches;
- two types of leaf blades: solid, consisting of 3 blades, dissected with serrated edges.
Seeds are similar to round burgundy berries with sharp mustaches at the base. Closer to the handle, the seeds have the color of the stem.
Another name for cilantro
Coriander and cilantro are the names of one plant, the difference in smell. It can be explained by the fact that both names give the parts of the plant:
- Seeds - coriander;
- Leaves - cilantro.
Coriander in translation means a bug or a bug, odorous insects gave an analogy to the perception of spice. The plant is called differently. Part is used only in specific territories. Dialect dialects are associated with the features of speech:
Others by state where they occur:
- Parsley of China, Mexico and the Arab countries;
The herb is a spice, fragrant spice, is considered a relative of the popular herbs often used in food: dill, parsley, anise. The bush is cultivated in all countries, it has an individual smell, special abilities and various applications.
Medicinal properties of cilantro
Composition and medicinal properties of cilantro
The plant has special properties of the root, grass and ripe fruits. The composition of the seeds is characterized by the saturation of the essential oil, in which includes a large number of nutrients:
- alcohols linalool, borneol and geraniol;
- decityl in acid and aldehyde compound;
- organic compounds: fellandren, sucrose;
- fatty acid glyceride compounds;
- tanning elements;
- vitamins A, C;
- fruit sugar;
- grape sugar;
- hydrocarbon: terpin.
To get a kilogram of oil, you need a centner of seeds. Essential oil is used not only in traditional medicine and pharmaceuticals. It is taken as an ingredient for cosmetics, perfumes and aromatherapy therapeutic agents.
The leaves contain a vitamin complex, minerals important for humans (sodium Na, calcium Ca, phosphorus P and iodine I). Vitamin groups:
A large amount of potassium in the plant, which has a healing role for the work of the heart. The healing possibilities of coriander are known from ancient manuscripts of China and Egypt. Description of 4-5 centuries give a characteristic of the properties of grass. Seeds were taken with them on military campaigns, laid in the tombs of the pharaohs. Herb abilities:
- Strengthening of taste, appetite;
- Acceleration of the process of digestion of food;
- Sweatshops effect.
Part of the properties allowed the plant to be used as a treatment against common and rare diseases:
- Gastritis: relieves pain;
- Cystitis: removes pain during urine output, reduces the number of bacteria.
Oil destroys more than 20 types of microbes. The most famous:
- E. coli;
- Staphylococcus aureus;
Coriander improves the functioning of the muscle tissue of the heart, strengthens the blood vessels. They make tincture from coriander. It is part of a range of therapeutic measures and has a healing effect:
- Strengthens the gums, reducing and stopping bleeding;
- Removes manifestations of stomatitis;
- Regulates blood glucose;
- Activates the eye muscles;
- Strengthens the optic nerves.
A solution in water gives an effect for heartburn attacks, removes abdominal pain, helps to avoid burping, and heals the mucous surface of the mouth.
Seeds help to hide the smell after taking alcoholic and alcohol-containing drinks. They are put in vodka to reduce the speed of intoxication. It is noted that the hangover syndrome after this method is much smaller and goes away without signs of a severe hangover.
Cilantro improves the condition of the skin, removes the conditions for the appearance of acne. Other grass actions:
- wound healing;
- pasture of bile;
- virus protection;
Coriander tea helps alleviate allergic reactions. It removes toxic substances from the body, relieves itching.
How to collect and store seeds and fruits of cilantro
The collection is carried out in August, during the period of complete ripening of seeds. Unripe seeds have an unpleasant smell of rot. Choose a dry, warm day. Cut off the upper parts (umbrellas), lay out in a dry room, where there is no sun. The raw materials are threshed, the residues from the umbrellas are removed.
It is better to store the medicinal material in tissue bags, cardboard or paper boxes (sachets), ordinary glass jars. It is important that moisture does not get into the spices.
The use of cilantro in traditional medicine
Recipes created on the basis of leaves and seeds can slow down and completely eliminate a number of pathological manifestations.
Influenza, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, gastrointestinal disorders.
- Infusion: The seeds are ground into powder, insisted on water, the proportion of the composition is 30 g / 1 l.
- Tincture: Healing infusion in the volume of one glass is mixed with 40 g of vodka.
Odor from the mouth.
- Decoction: 3 g of dried raw material is poured into 100 g of boiling water. Cook for 7-10 minutes. The mixture is rinsed with a mouth, then swallowed.
How to grow cilantro year-round
How to use cilantro seeds to treat women
For women's skin, grass is an excellent means of preserving youth and elasticity. Coriander and cilantro are part of the group of natural aphrodisiacs. Taking a few leaflets will return the body to sexual activity and desire for intimate relationships. Other healing abilities for women:
- regulation of monthly cycles;
- stress relief;
- strengthening and restoring hair health;
- elimination of age spots;
- tissue regeneration.
Women wear medallions with drops of oil to maintain a calm, balanced state and confidence.
Mountain cilantro in cooking
Taste addictions to dry grass are different depending on nationality. All countries have cilantro and coriander - seasoning, which is difficult to refuse. I mix them with other spices to get a new taste:
- with pepper of different varieties (white, black);
- with celery;
- with caraway seeds;
- with fennel.
In summer salads, add cilantro to change the taste of a familiar dish. In most cases, the grass is added to the finished dish, placed next to it. Taste makes it possible to enhance the appetite and get new taste sensations. Greens decorate the first and second courses, sandwiches. Sprigs change the taste of fish and meat dishes. In some peoples, greens are wrapped in cakes, baked in bread flour. This is not to say that everyone will like the spice. More often it is 50/50. But that is the uniqueness of the leaves of the plant.
Dried seeds become components of the following products:
- Marinades for meat;
- Bakery products: muffins, rolls, gingerbread cookies, cookies. The most famous is Borodino bread, sprinkled with coriander seeds on top.
Seeds are part of vegetable and mushroom soups. Make a dietary supplement for the fermentation of cabbage, in a marinade for the preservation of cucumbers and mushrooms.
Caucasian national dishes cannot be created without aromatic herbs:
- adjika of Abkhazia;
- Satsebeli of Georgia;
- tkemali sauce of Georgia;
- national kharcho soup;
- kebabs of the Caucasus, Central Asia and Turkey;
- Georgian Red Bean Lobio.
The use of cilantro (coriander) in cosmetology
In the cosmetic industry, oil and seed extract are used. They are introduced into the composition of skin care products:
The components of coriander help to quickly remove acne and acne on the face, cleanse from peeling, relieve puffiness, remove bags under the eyes. Coriander creams whiten the skin. Grass is an integral part of anti-age series of products that promise the preservation of youth and beauty of appearance.
Beauticians choose grass to create hair care products. They strengthen hair follicles, slow down gray hair, improve the condition of oily hair type, remove dandruff. The plant actively nourishes the scalp and strengthens the hair structure.
An extract from dried seeds is added to create special smells of lotions, soaps, deodorants and aromatic products.
The special composition and aroma can lead to side effects:
- the quality of night rest worsens;
- speech inconsistency appears;
- the ability to concentrate is impaired;
- memory is declining.
A large amount of greens in food affects the regularity of the menstrual cycle, malfunctions occur, and there is an activation of diseases of the female reproductive system. Therefore, I advise you to use a limited amount, not to get carried away with spices.
Contraindications for intake and use in food:
- The period of gestation: there is a provocation of premature birth.
- After a heart attack, stroke;
- Blood clot formation;
- Hypertensive crises;
- Ischemia of the heart.
How to make tomato sauce with cilantro
An amazing aromatic plant is used more often as a seasoning for food products, but the beneficial healing properties of the plant are no less important. Fresh low-calorie, dried leaves increase an important property.